Smart Growth on the Seattle Channel

Last week I had the opportunity to represent Smart Growth Seattle on a panel discussing development on small-lots in Seattle. The panel is part of a broader discussion on density and you can watch it by clicking on the embedded video above. The panel covered a lot of ground, but what was especially important is […]

Work in Progress: First Look at Small Lot Recommendations

Dwell Passive House

Last week the City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee met and heard recommendations about finalizing small-lot legislation. The memo issued by the Department of Planning and Development included important elements of our initiative to support the 80 percent rule, allowing development on lots slightly smaller than the average lot on a block. […]

More Jobs Means We Need More Housing

More Housing

This Thursday the Seattle City Council’s Planning Land Use and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee will meet to hear recommendations about how to finalize last year’s emergency small-lot legislation. The Department of Planning and Development will present several months worth of work on moving ahead on legislation. One important point that needs to be made in these […]

Passive House: Innovative and Affordable

Last week I had a chance to take a tour of Dwell Development’s Passive House at Columbia Station, near the Columbia City light rail station. Passive house (or Passivhaus) is a concept that I described in an article I wrote for Sustainable Industries a few years ago. Here’s what I wrote then: Passivhaus buildings have: […]